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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    This story is really hard to share,

    I've never told anyone the whole side to it because it's embarrassing and I am scared of what people would think, but now I feel like I have to know why I'm doing this, and I want to just stop it because all I am doing is harming myself.I started pulling my eyelashes when I was...
    Shaneless Shaneless 16-17 2 Responses Jul 16

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    So for the longest time I grew up pulling

    mainly my lashes. Then it turned into pulling at my brows, too. Now I'm at the point where I've been able to grow more lashes than I've had in years but now I can't leave my brows alone. So sick of this imbalance. Anyone else have an experience similar to this??
    mcoulter94 mcoulter94 18-21, F Aug 3

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 18-21 5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    So it's summer and my hair is being all hot

    and gross and obviously this means that it's prime pulling time (after being 1 1/2 year free) but I don't feel like I'm in a bad mood mentally so I don't understand why I'm pulling! It's so annoying!
    ButternutBee98 ButternutBee98 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 27

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-17, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14 16-17, F Nov 22, 2014

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    I've just hit the 48 hour mark of not touching

    my hair...not easy, I've literally had to stop myself from reaching up, and several times thought "just once won't hurt". After 17 years making it just 2 days feels so awesome.
    starlit85 starlit85 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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    i've been trich sufferer

    since 3rd grade ,its been awful that i had to wear a hat when i go out ,my mum told the teacher that i pull my hair off ,"she didn't know it was an illness" and so was my school teacher ,she told all the student that i have this issue ,and everyone kept an eye on the freak...
    lona1234 lona1234 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 18-21 Mar 24, 2014

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    Hi there, I'm new, and I just stumbled upon

    this group/site/experience and I have to just say Wow! :D (sorry in advance for my life story!) This may sound silly but I never knew that what I've been doing for the past 17 years or so meant that I have Trich. I'm 27 and I've been rubbing and pulling my eyebrows since I was...
    lightandlove18 lightandlove18 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 24

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    Been kinda wondering about eyebrow transplants

    in case mine never grow back to where they should be. But I also wonder if I would try to pull that out too... Thoughts?
    mcoulter94 mcoulter94 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    Anxiety is getting the best of me

    and I'm unable to control. The only way to stop pulling is to make me disabled to pull. Making cuts on the tips of my fingers with a blade. This should work. I NEED TO SAVE MY HAIR.
    selfloather selfloather 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    does anyone else pull from.

    ..down there..? I have lots of bald spots and it's not just there. it's my eyebrows, lashes, and head...and my mom yells all the time...but idk how to stop
    oliviairene47 oliviairene47 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 27

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    Between 13 and 16 I pulled out all of my

    eyelashes. Now I am 29, and I have started again, I was doing good today and just yanked them all out now. I hate myself.
    TheMeanReds28 TheMeanReds28 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 27

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    I started when I was a young toddler (according

    to my mom), and I'm 39 now. I can't seem to stop. Sometimes I will slow down, but I cannot seem to control this behavior. Fortunately, I have very thick, medium length hair; therefore my bald patches are not very noticeable. I'm treated for depression with 30mg Lexapro...
    Brenda1976 Brenda1976 36-40, F Aug 20

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    My lashes and brows now look fine with plenty

    of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and mascara... But I still don't feel confident without it :/
    mblo2984 mblo2984 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10, 2014

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    Trichotillomania or known

    as "trich" is a super rare disorder that I happen to have, yes.. You heard it, I pull my hair out, I always hear people ask "but does it hurt?" No. It doesn't, it's relieving, actually, but the feelin after isn't. Constantly looking in the mirror and breaking down into tears...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    My problem started when I was 5,

    when my teacher pulled an eyelash out of my eye. I continued to pull my lashes for about a year, and then I stopped. I didn't get it back for a long time, but I did have mild OCD in my elementary school years. In fifth grade, my OCD got really bad, because I was getting bullied...
    Grapey Grapey 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    There were signs, I guess,

    when I was a toddler. But it started in earnest when I was in kindergarten. I had unbearable itching on my eyelashes, somehow pulling them out provided temporary relief. After awhile, my teacher overheard me tell my friend what I was doing and she brought me to the school...
    ridinginthewind ridinginthewind 22-25, F 15 hrs ago

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    I just want to share this with you all.

    I struggled with trich for about 12 years or so for most of those years I was so young I didnt even know there was a name for pulling my hair out. I really struggled on my own I thought I was the only one who did this. About a year ago I finally figured out Trichotillomania was...
    xxmonkeynessxx xxmonkeynessxx 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 18

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 21, 2014

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    Hey everyone. I haven't been "officially"

    diagnosed but when I'm stressed/worried/anxious I pull from a spot near the back/top of my head. I've been doing this for about 5 years. I know most of the time people pull from different places but mine is more obvious and it causes even more discomfort. How do you get...
    kip416 kip416 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    Trichsters message me.

    I need some advice with trichotillomania
    JustineMusey JustineMusey 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    I came here to find out

    if anyone had the same problem that I do, and obviously I'm not alone either. Every single day I pull out my eyebrow hairs and I go for the thick black hairs and won't stop til I get that one.. Causing the bald patches.. It truly is embarrassing and all I can do is cover it up...
    erikanichole erikanichole 18-21 1 Response Jul 14

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    It started with my eyelashes

    when I was around 5 years old, or so. Then I began with my eyebrows and eventually into my head. It's not severe. Many are way out of control with complete bald spots. Just every so often, there's this sensation, and I try to lightly scratch the area instead of pulling, but...
    loresmom loresmom 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 37 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    Trich people can one of you guys message me

    please? Got a stupid question to ask!?
    ChevyGurl20 ChevyGurl20 18-21, F Jul 29

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    I pull from my scalp,

    there is no covering it unless I wear a hat or a wig. but it's frustrating because my hair is all diff lengths. I look at other women with beautiful, thick&healthy hair and envy them. I am now starting to pick my scalp.
    angelanicole89 angelanicole89 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 26

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    I have been pulling my hair out

    for 6 years now and at first it only effected my self esteem and took up a lot of my time, but now I'm getting drunk bald spots, and scabs, and I just feel terrible about myself. I live in the country and I don't have the proper support to deal with it. Only 4 people in the...
    Acadia1712 Acadia1712 18-21 2 Responses Jul 28

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 30, 2014

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 11, 2014

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 18-21 1 Response Oct 12, 2014

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    I started pulling out my eyelashes obsessively

    in 3rd grade. It has been less consistent, but i still do it. We always thought it was just a bad habit or a side effect of my add medication.
    Megsupermario Megsupermario 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 7, 2014

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    It started in 2nd Grade.

    I was about 8. I am now 17, so about 9 years of Trich. Not a very long time, but a very stressful time. It started with the pulling of the eyelashes. I was at a relatives house, and my much older cousin pointed out a loose eyelash on my cheek. It's a very faint memory, but I...
    BeautifulTrich BeautifulTrich 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    I remember when I first started.

    I was in year 1, so I was 6 years old. My grandfather had just fallen desperately ill, so naturally I was sad and I wanted to somehow bring him back.I remember sitting in class one day and my friend told me I was an eyelash on my cheek as that I should make a wish. Of course...
    Emrobuk Emrobuk 13-15, F Aug 16

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    UnusualArtist UnusualArtist 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2014

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    I need help. I need advice on how to tell

    people i have trich. Im scared people will reject me.
    JustineMusey JustineMusey 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 1

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    I had trich for abt 3 years

    now i only pull from my scalp i tried to stop and it worked but i relapsed because the thought of my hair isnt growing any longer has discouraged me. My hair is very short on the scalp but long from behind it is very weird looking so i wear a wig all the time whenever i go out...
    Dareme66 Dareme66 18-21, F Jul 6

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    Hi im brianna and im 12

    and I have trichotillomania and I have been so sad about this I always thought I was a weird kids . I would get called alien cus I have no eyebrows . I would grow them out and feel the soft hairs and in my mind I would be so happy that there growing and in my mind I would say im...
    brianna23437 brianna23437 13-15, M 2 Responses Jul 27

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    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013